Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection

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The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Box set by
ReleasedDecember 4, 2012
ProducerGregg Geller, Steve Berkowitz
Johnny Cash chronology
American VI: Ain't No Grave
The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Out Among the Stars

The Complete Columbia Album Collection is a box set by country singer Johnny Cash, released in 2012 (see 2012 in music) on Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings.

The set consists of 63 CDs, the majority of which are reissues of 59 albums released by Cash during his 1958–1986 tenure with Columbia. Each CD is packaged in a replica of the original LP cover, with any albums originally issued as two-LP set condensed onto one disc with the exception of The Gospel Road which remains in a two-CD configuration. Bonus material includes a two-CD set titled The Singles, Plus, compiling non-album tracks and duets taken from other albums; a Carter Family album on which Cash provided guest vocals; the two albums Cash recorded for Columbia as a member of the supergroup The Highwaymen; and an extended edition of the Sun Records album With His Hot and Blue Guitar with additional tracks from the Sun era (including the complete contents of his second Sun album, Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous). Hot and Blue Guitar is the only album to be presented in an extended edition; all other albums are featured with their original contents, without augmentation. As such this is not a complete survey of everything Cash recorded for Columbia; for example, additional performances from the At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin live shows, included on separate reissues of the two albums, are not included. Also omitted is the 1975 album Destination Victoria Station which had featured new performances of previously released recordings, the 1961 album The Lure of the Grand Canyon, the 1980 gospel album A Believer Sings the Truth, as well as most of the tracks issued on Columbia's Bootleg series of 2011–2012.[1][2] Out Among the Stars, a complete album recorded by Cash in the early 1980s but not released at that time, is also omitted as it would not be released officially until 2014.

Many of the albums featured in the set make their CD debut in the collection. According to country historian Rich Kienzle's liner notes (part of a 200-page book included in the set), one album Koncert V Praze (In Prague–Live) received its first North American release in the set.[3]

Album list[edit]

  1. The Fabulous Johnny Cash
  2. Hymns by Johnny Cash
  3. Songs of Our Soil
  4. Now, There Was a Song!
  5. Ride This Train
  6. Hymns from the Heart
  7. The Sound of Johnny Cash
  8. Blood, Sweat and Tears
  9. Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
  10. The Christmas Spirit
  11. Keep on the Sunny SideThe Carter Family with special guest Johnny Cash
  12. I Walk the Line
  13. Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian
  14. Orange Blossom Special
  15. Sings the Ballads of the True West
  16. Everybody Loves a Nut
  17. Happiness Is You
  18. Carryin' On with Johnny Cash and June Carter
  19. From Sea to Shining Sea
  20. Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
  21. The Holy Land
  22. Johnny Cash at San Quentin
  23. Hello, I'm Johnny Cash
  24. The Johnny Cash Show
  25. I Walk the Line
  26. Little Fauss and Big Halsy
  27. Man in Black
  28. A Thing Called Love
  29. America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song
  30. The Johnny Cash Family Christmas
  31. Any Old Wind That Blows
  32. The Gospel Road (disc 1)
  33. The Gospel Road (disc 2)
  34. Johnny Cash and His Woman
  35. På Österåker
  36. Ragged Old Flag
  37. Junkie and the Juicehead Minus Me
  38. The Johnny Cash Children's Album
  39. Sings Precious Memories
  40. John R. Cash
  41. Look at Them Beans
  42. Strawberry Cake
  43. One Piece at a Time
  44. The Last Gunfighter Ballad
  45. The Rambler
  46. I Would Like to See You Again
  47. Gone Girl
  48. Silver
  49. Rockabilly Blues
  50. Classic Christmas
  51. The Baron
  52. The Survivors Live – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins
  53. The Adventures of Johnny Cash
  54. Johnny 99
  55. Koncert V Praze (In Prague–Live)
  56. Rainbow
  57. Highwayman – Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson
  58. Heroes – Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings
  59. Highwayman 2 – Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson
  60. At Madison Square Garden
Disc 61: Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar
No.TitleOriginal ReleaseLength
1."Rock Island Line"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
2."(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
3."Country Boy"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
4."If The Good Lord's Willing"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
5."Cry! Cry! Cry!"Single A-side/With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
6."Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You)"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
7."So Doggone Lonesome"Single A-side/With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
8."I Was There When It Happened"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
9."I Walk the Line"Single A-side/With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
10."The Wreck of the Old 97"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
11."Folsom Prison Blues""So Doggone Lonesome" B-side/With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
12."Doin' My Time"With His Hot and Blue Guitar 
13."Luther Played The Boogie"Single A-side 
14."Hey Porter""Cry! Cry Cry!" B-side 
15."Get Rhythm""I Walk the Line" B-side 
16."Ballad of a Teenage Queen"Single A-side 
17."There You Go"Single A-side 
18."Come in Stranger""Guess Things Happen That Way" B-side 
19."Don't Make Me Go""Next in Line" B-side 
20."Train Of Love""There You Go" B-side 
21."Guess Things Happen That Way"Single A-side 
22."The Ways of a Woman in Love"Single A-side 
23."Next in Line"Single A-side 
24."You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven""The Ways of a Woman in Love" B-side 
25."I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)"Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous 
26."Home of the Blues"Single A-side 
27."Big River""Ballad of a Teenage Queen" B-side 
28."Give My Love to Rose""Home of the Blues" B-side 
Note: Tracks 1–12 are the original album line-up; Tracks 13–28 are exclusive to this reissue.
Disc 62: The Singles, Plus (disc 1)
No.TitleOriginal ReleaseLength
1."All Over Again"Single A-side 
2."You Dreamer You""Frankie's Man Johnny" B-side 
3."I Got Stripes"Single A-side 
4."I'll Remember You""Little Drummer Boy" B-side 
5."Lorena""The Rebel – Johnny Yuma" EP 
6."Smiling Bill McCall""Seasons of My Heart" B-side 
7."Second Honeymoon""Honky Tonk Girl" B-side 
8."Girl in Saskatoon"Single A-side 
9."Locomotive Man""Girl in Saskatoon" B-side 
10."Tall Man""Tennessee Flat-Top Box" B-side 
11."A Little At A Time""In the Jailhouse Now" B-side 
12."Pick A Bale O' Cotton""Bonanza" B-side 
13."Send A Picture Of Mother""Busted" B-side 
14."The Matador"Single A-side 
15."Dark As A Dungeon""Understand Your Man" B-side 
16."Hammers and Nails" (with The Statler Brothers)Single A-side 
17."Time And Time Again""It Ain't Me Babe" B-side 
18."The Sons of Katie Elder"Single A-side 
19."A Certain Kinda Hurtin'""The Sons of Katie Elder" B-side 
20."Cotton Pickin' Hands""The One On The Right Is On The Left" B-side 
21."Bottom Of A Mountain""Boa Constrictor" B-side 
22."You Beat All I Ever Saw"Single A-side 
23."Put The Sugar To Bed""You Beat All I Ever Saw" B-side 
24."The Wind Changes"Single A-side 
25."Red Velvet""The Wind Changes" B-side 
26."Rosanna's Going Wild"Single A-side 
27."Roll Call""Rosanna's Going Wild" B-side 
28."The Folk Singer""Folsom Prison Blues" B-side 
29."Girl from the North Country" (with Bob Dylan)Nashville Skyline 
30."What Is Truth"Single A-side 
31."Little Bit Of Yesterday""Man in Black" B-side 
32."A Song To Mama" (with The Carter Family)Travelin' Minstrel Band 
Disc 63: The Singles, Plus (disc 2)
No.TitleOriginal ReleaseLength
1."No Need to Worry" (with June Carter Cash)Single A-side 
2."I'll Be Loving You" (with June Carter Cash)"No Need to Worry" B-side 
3."A Front Row Seat to Hear Ole Johnny Sing" (with Shel Silverstein)Single A-side 
4."The World Needs A Melody" (with The Carter Family)Travelin' Minstrel Band 
5."Help Me Make It Through the Night" (with June Carter Cash)"The Loving Gift" B-side 
6."Praise the Lord and Pass the Soup" (with The Carter Family and The Oak Ridge Boys)Single A-side 
7."The Ballad Of Barbara" (with The Carter Family)"Praise the Lord and Pass the Soup" B-side 
8."Pick the Wildwood Flower" (with Maybelle Carter)Single A-side 
9."Diamonds In The Rough" (with Maybelle Carter)"Pick the Wildwood Flower" B-side 
10."Song to Woody" (with Earl Scruggs)Anniversary Special Vol. 1 
11."Hey Porter" (with Earl Scruggs)Anniversary Special Vol. 1 
12."I Still Miss Someone" (with Earl Scruggs)Anniversary Special Vol. 2 
13."My Ship Will Sail" (with Earl Scruggs)Anniversary Special Vol. 2 
14."It's All Over"Single A-side 
15."Old Time Feeling" (with June Carter Cash)Single A-side 
16."Song of the Patriot" (with Marty Robbins)Single A-side 
17."I Will Dance With You""The Baron" B-side 
18."The General Lee" The Dukes of Hazzard TV episode 
19."Crazy Old Soldier" (with Ray Charles)Friendship 
20."The Chicken in Black"Single A-side 
21."Battle Of Nashville""The Chicken in Black" B-side 
22."They Killed Him"Single A-side 
23."The Three Bells""They Killed Him" B-side 
24."The Human Condition" (with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson)"The Highwayman" B-side 


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ The four-volume Bootleg series, released under Columbia-Legacy in 2011–2012, consists of four sets of rare and mostly previously unreleased Cash recordings: Vol. 1 features home recordings and demos (which had previously been issued as Personal File in 2006); Vol. 2 features Sun demos, a transcribed episode of the Johnny Cash Show radio program from 1955, rare singles (not all of which are included in The Singles, Plus) and unissued recordings; Vol. 3 compiles live recordings dating from the 1950s to 1979; Vol. 4 compiles Gospel recordings, including the contents of two albums recorded during Cash's Columbia tenure but initially released by other labels, and a complete third album that was never released.
  3. ^ Rich Kienzle, writing in Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection liner notes, 2012, p. 29